Weekly Information Bulletin: 26th May 2007
Forthcoming Business of the House of Lords
4 June - 8 June 2007
Monday 4 June (2.30pm)
Oral questions - Viscount Falkland to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to place appropriate limits on the number of betting shops, particularly in inner cities; Lord Newby to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the relocation of the Office for National Statistics to Newport can be undertaken without disruption to the production of key economic and social statistics; Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make the Olympic site an exemplar site of sustainable development; and whether any features of the current design recognise the features already on site that could be exemplars of sustainable city living; Lord Craig of Radley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the two inquiries set in hand by the Secretary of State for Defence on 16 April following the seizure of Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel by the Iranian authorities on 23 March have been completed.
Legislation - Victims of Overseas Terrorism [HL] Bill (Third Reading); Pensions Bill (Committee Stage, 1st day).
Question for short debate - on what steps are being taken to make sports medicine more readily available through the NHS (L. Addington).
Tuesday 5 June (2.30pm)
Oral questions - Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty's Government, following recent elections in Scotland, what plans they have for changes in financial policies. Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will establish a Royal Commission on the Constitution. Lord Janner of Braunstone to ask the Chairman of Committees what progress has been made in the cleaning of the exterior of the Palace of Westminster; and when this work will be completed.
Legislation - Offender Management Bill (Committee stage, 4th day).
Delegated Legislation - North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007; Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) (Further Education) Regulations 2007- motions to approve.
Wednesday 6 June (3.00pm)
Oral questions - Baroness Murphy to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in developing a national monitoring system of critical health outcomes for people with a mental health condition or learning disability following the reports by the Disability Rights Commission and Mencap; Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the denial of some National Health Service treatment to certain obese people and smokers, given that treatment is provided to drug addicts, alcoholics and those suffering from anorexia; Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the expected reduction in the growth of public expenditure following the Spending Review will provide scope to reduce the corporate tax burden and improve British competitiveness.
Legislation - Pensions Bill (Committee stage, 2nd day)
Question for short debate - on the role of creative industries (B. Bonham-Carter).
Thursday 7 June (11.00am)
Oral question - Lord Ashley of Stoke to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the reasons for the low take-up of the disability living allowance; Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what mechanisms are in place in the National Health Service to ensure that cancer patients are aware of the financial support available to them through the benefits system; Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, since other transport museums are open to the public free of charge, they will consider granting free entry to the National Waterways Museums at Ellesmere Port, Gloucester Docks and Stoke Bruerne.
Debates - on the current arrangements for policing in England and Wales (L. Dear); on the anti-slavery legacy of William Wilberforce in the context of multi-cultural Britain (L. Hastings of Scarisbrick); on the Economic Affairs Committee report on monetary policy (L. Wakeham).
Friday 8 June (11.00am)
Legislation - Television Advertising (Food) Bill [HL] (Second Reading); European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill [HL] (Second Reading).
Provisional Future Business of the House of Lords
11 June - 14 June 2007
Monday 11 June (2.30pm)
Oral questions - Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their final disposal decision concerning the hull of the MSC Napoli and how that decision was reached; Lord James of Blackheath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the operational implementation of the Battlefield Identification System following its prototype test in 2001; Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty's Government when they next plan to meet the government of France to discuss European Union issues of mutual interest; Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty's Government how much financial aid has been given in the last 12 months to refugees caused by the Iraqi conflict.
Legislation - Vehicle Registration Marks Bill (Committee stage); Greater London Authority Bill (Report stage, 1st day).
Question for short debate - on how the new provisions in the draft Highway Code will protect cyclists (E. Mar).
Tuesday 12 June (2.30pm)
Oral questions - Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the development of the Youth Justice Board in light of the transfer of responsibility for the Board to the Ministry of Justice. Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in implementing the proposal for 69 passport personal interview offices; Lord Eden of Winton to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they are taking to help reduce the amount of logging taking place in the rainforests of the Amazon, the Congo Basin and Indonesia.
Legislation - Offender Management Bill (Committee stage, 5th day).
Debate - on Science and Technology Committee report (Grand Committee, Moses Room 3pm) (B. Sharp of Guilford).
Wednesday 13th June (3.00pm)
Oral questions - Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce legislation before the next general election to enable Members of the House to have the right to vote in a general election; Lord McNally to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have issued guidance to Government departments that, in the event that a report from the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee expresses serious criticism of a Statutory Instrument laid before Parliament, they should consider the option of withdrawing or revoking the Instrument and re-laying it in amended form; Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have for increasing the number of convictions for the offence of rape.
Legislation - Corruption Bill [HL] (Third reading); UK Borders Bill (second reading); Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Bill [HL] (Report stage).
Thursday 14th June (11.00am)
Oral questions - Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the security and efficiency of the administration of the Identity and Passport Service; Lord Plumb to ask Her Majesty's Government how many farmers have applied for the Farm Waste Exemptions; and how many field officers are being trained to police the operations; Lord Lamont of Lerwick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have held discussions with BAA about the case for improving conditions for travellers at Heathrow Airport.
Legislation - Building Societies (Funding) and Mutual Societies (Transfers) Bill (Second reading).
Debate - on the contribution of the European Union to United Kingdom national interests and management of global problems (L. McNally).
Delegated Legislation - Lord Chancellor (Modification of Functions) Order 2007- motion to approve.